Looking Through Glass Eyes...

Creation and Studies in Studio Concepts
My Christmas gift from Taylor.<3 Firefly.<3

My Christmas gift from Taylor.<3 Firefly.<3

Project 4: Fantasy and Surrealism

Books Have Wings

Form: Just like Su Blackwell, I wanted or attempted to bring an inanimate object to life. I read many books, most of them being fiction, and I always wondered what it would be like if the pages really did come alive one day. Since writers only give you descriptions of an image or scene, you get to imagine how it would look in your mind. I believe that is what Blackwell does in a few of her book sculptures and what I tried to do with mine. For this project I created a book sculpture which turned into an insulation that grew up a wall. The cut paper humming birds that I have leaving the book were created in two or three layers of paper. I wanted to have separate piece to build the bird so they wouldn’t look as flat, but also that maybe you could adjust the wings into different positions. The birds were also cut from different pages within the fantasy books I used. Much like Lotte Geeven that used multiple New York Times Newspapers to create his “Bird Confetti”, I also tried to do that with my birds but with pages instead. I didn’t have the need for a mass amount like he did in his piece. My use of multiple pages helped give my birds different textures with the way the fonts and pages over lapped one another.

Context: There is no real meaning behind this piece. All semester I created work that had an emotional or physical impact on me. For this piece I wanted to create something entirely of fantasy; something that just makes you wonder and open your mind to what it might mean. I have always seen books and art as my way to escape from the world and just relax, well at the best of times, so I put the two of them together. When you read a book you have the choice to let yourself dive in and just let it immerse you. Your mind lets you make the words and pages come alive from the help of the author. That is why I created a piece that made the attempt to bring it to life. The different humming bid silhouettes moving out from the book and up the wall created a sense of life and movement I was looking for, even if they are flat and not moving. I want people to be able to look at this piece and jump of each bird trying to read what it says. Honestly, that is where I think it really come alive, because of the interaction you must do to see everything closely.

In the article “Running with Scissors” by Claire Lui there was a few cut paper artists that I have been looking at as inspiration and just enjoy their work in general. Kara Walker is one of those artists, the life size silhouettes she creates from black paper are amazing. They are simple, detailed, elegant cut paper forms but they hold so much meaning and history at the same time. She changed the entire idea of cut paper silhouettes from the original creation by Etienne de Silhouette, who cut out people’s profiles. She is the reason why I decided to make humming bird silhouettes instead of making something layered heavily. Even though I did create the birds from two or three pieces of paper, they are still super thin and relying on one piece for the most part.

The interview I read, “The Cutter - 14 Questions for Paper Artist Bovey Lee”, was really uplifting even if her works is about social problems and environmental issues. The reason I enjoyed it so much is because how she brings her work back to home. The fact that she uses rice paper in all of her work because it is the first art material she used as a child and the memories it holds. The way that she learned how to incoorporate the original reason she went to school for art, digital media, was able to work it into her cut paper. I also love how she looks to her culture for inspiration. Even though she may not follow in traditional Chinese paper cutting, she still admires the women that create this form of cut paper.

Material: The materials used for this piece was two fantasy books, exacto knife and blades, scrap-booking tabs, hot glue, and a black sheet.

Project 4: Fantasy and Surrealism: Updated Proposal

After a long battle of deciding what I would do for this piece I chose to go with fantasy and surrealism. How I wanted to accomplish this piece was to take something that most people use or have used throughout their lives and bring it to life. The object chosen is just a regular hardcover book. The reason why I chose this object is because when someone reads a book most of the time you are not given images, unless there is one on the cover or it is a children’s book, so the reader has the chance to create how something looks in their mind with just words from the author. In a way the author is being an artist, but then so are you because you both are bringing the story to life unconsciously.

The way I want to bring this hardcover book to life is to make cut paper humming birds from the pages. The reason behind using birds is whimsical but they also give the paper movement in mental sense for the fact humming birds are constantly moving when seen. I also plan on making the birds out of multiple layers.

The materials I will need for this project is two hardcover books, a knife, blades, and scrap-booking tabs.

Project 4: Fantasy and Surrealism: Research Journal 3

Bird Confetti&#160;: Lotte Geeven

Form: Paper cut birds from New York Times.

Content: I believe this artist was trying to bring two different things that are consider/is New York and bring them together as one. The newspaper is what people believe that everyone needs to know from news to fashion. While the city the city itself has a mixture of a little bit of everything in the world. Perhaps he is trying to show the world to look at what is around you and follow something, rather then just sit at home and read about it.

Process: Paper cut silhouettes of birds from the New York Times thrown out into the wind of New York.

Why I chose this piece is because this artist showed movement with cut paper, which I am trying to do with my own piece. Even though he used wind to show this, my idea is to use different bird silhouettes, paper direction, and placement where they are in my instillation. 

Project 4: Fantasy and Surrealism: Research Journal 3

Bird Confetti : Lotte Geeven

Form: Paper cut birds from New York Times.

Content: I believe this artist was trying to bring two different things that are consider/is New York and bring them together as one. The newspaper is what people believe that everyone needs to know from news to fashion. While the city the city itself has a mixture of a little bit of everything in the world. Perhaps he is trying to show the world to look at what is around you and follow something, rather then just sit at home and read about it.

Process: Paper cut silhouettes of birds from the New York Times thrown out into the wind of New York.

Why I chose this piece is because this artist showed movement with cut paper, which I am trying to do with my own piece. Even though he used wind to show this, my idea is to use different bird silhouettes, paper direction, and placement where they are in my instillation. 

Project 4: Fantasy and Surrealism: Research Journal 2

Magnolia&#160;: Su Blackwell

Form: Paper cut tree constructed from hard cover book pages in a three-dimensional form; book sculptures.

Content: The artist here created a mongolia tree, but it looks like she mainly focused on the flower with just a few leaves. I believe she was focusing on the beauty of the flower and was perhaps the inspiration for the piece. It seems as if she only used one shape of cut paper and then used them to form the three-dimensional tree. The reason why I think this is because you can see down inside the book pages and notice that all the shapes were cut out of the same spot on each page.

Process: I think she cut out the petal shape on one page, outlined the shape on the page below, then cut again and continued the process. She then took that shape and created the three-dimensional tree with the petals by rolling or folding them. I am guessing she used some kind of glue to hold everything together and perhaps thing wire to shape the trunk and branches of the tree.

Why I chose this piece is because I am trying to figure out how I want to show the birds I am cutting out leaving the book. I am not sure if I want to cut out multiples, showing depth in the book or just a few cut out in random places on the page or even just show one leaving the book and joining the rest.

Project 4: Fantasy and Surrealism: Research Journal 2

Magnolia : Su Blackwell

Form: Paper cut tree constructed from hard cover book pages in a three-dimensional form; book sculptures.

Content: The artist here created a mongolia tree, but it looks like she mainly focused on the flower with just a few leaves. I believe she was focusing on the beauty of the flower and was perhaps the inspiration for the piece. It seems as if she only used one shape of cut paper and then used them to form the three-dimensional tree. The reason why I think this is because you can see down inside the book pages and notice that all the shapes were cut out of the same spot on each page.

Process: I think she cut out the petal shape on one page, outlined the shape on the page below, then cut again and continued the process. She then took that shape and created the three-dimensional tree with the petals by rolling or folding them. I am guessing she used some kind of glue to hold everything together and perhaps thing wire to shape the trunk and branches of the tree.

Why I chose this piece is because I am trying to figure out how I want to show the birds I am cutting out leaving the book. I am not sure if I want to cut out multiples, showing depth in the book or just a few cut out in random places on the page or even just show one leaving the book and joining the rest.

Project 4: Fantasy and Surrealism: Research Journal 1

Hope&#160;: Su Blackwell

Form: Paper cut butterflies from hard cover book (or books); book sculptures.

Content: I believe the artist was trying to create something visible from what you may be creating in your mind or how you feel. Since writers only give you descriptions of an image or scene, you get to imagine how it would look in your mind. I think Blackwell is trying to show this by taking the pages of the book and bringing them to life like how you would in your own mind.

Process: From looking at the image it seems that the artist created a simple butterfly outline and made multiple cut ours from book pages. I think the pages used were from a hard cover because of the thickness of the paper, but I’m not sure if they were all from that same book. The artist may have used another book to cut from or used pages underneath the one you can visibly see.

Why I chose this piece is I am also using a book as my starting point of my project. I am using a hummingbird outline that has two-three layers of paper instead of just one single piece of paper like Blackwell for her butterflies.

Project 4: Fantasy and Surrealism: Research Journal 1


Hope : Su Blackwell

Form: Paper cut butterflies from hard cover book (or books); book sculptures.

Content: I believe the artist was trying to create something visible from what you may be creating in your mind or how you feel. Since writers only give you descriptions of an image or scene, you get to imagine how it would look in your mind. I think Blackwell is trying to show this by taking the pages of the book and bringing them to life like how you would in your own mind.

Process: From looking at the image it seems that the artist created a simple butterfly outline and made multiple cut ours from book pages. I think the pages used were from a hard cover because of the thickness of the paper, but I’m not sure if they were all from that same book. The artist may have used another book to cut from or used pages underneath the one you can visibly see.

Why I chose this piece is I am also using a book as my starting point of my project. I am using a hummingbird outline that has two-three layers of paper instead of just one single piece of paper like Blackwell for her butterflies.

Project 5: Fantasy & Surrealism: Readings & Movies

Running with Scissors. Lui, Claire. Print63. 5 (Oct 2009): 42-47,8.

The Cutter (website). 14 Questions for Paper Artist Bovey Lee. 

Art 21. Cao Fei. Featured in Fantasy.

Art 21. Jeff Koons. Featured in Fantasy.

Art 21. Mary Heilmann. Featured in Fantasy.

*receiving an article from Amy on Monday as well.

Lost ideas…

Honestly, I have no idea what I am doing for this last project and it really sucks. The two ideas I had I know I will not have time for or find the people that I need to do it. Once again I’m starting over all over again…I would like to do something with cut paper but I am unaware of what.

HELP!

Project 4: Blindness & Silence: Proposal

Right now, this project is a work in progress.

I want to look at how blindness and silence is caused and effect people. I plan on creating this work through photography and modeling. I want to get two-three people per setting (classroom, busy sidewalk, shopping mall, etc.) and have each person have white cloth tied over their eyes and/or mouth to represent both of the senses being gone.

I am not sure what kind of sex or even the settings I will be having at the moment, but that will all be figured out soon.

For this project I need white cloth, several people, and a camera.

Briana: Updated Artist Statement

bri-lynn-wickoff:

Memory and Identity

Briana Wickoff

My project takes the form of three birch plywood panels with pencil, marker, colored pencil, acrylic paint, and an ink wash rendering applied to it. The height of the three panels is six feet tall.

I recognize myself through my memories,…

Critique: I love how this piece has two sides and is not entirely based on you. The fact that some of the images placed in this piece represents different times/people that affected a certain spot in your timeline is great. The little details is what makes this piece great. From the lines representing your age to the unique objects on the ruler. My favorite section of the ruler is the bottom piece, mainly because how you showed the old/fading memories. The ink stain wash and destroying the side of the board work very well here. The fact that all the boards are not cluttered is easy on the eyes. I wonder what it would look like if you flipped the amount of images in the “present” and “early childhood sections. I really wish you would have placed this piece near a door jam somewhere for the presentation. That is how I always picture a height chart is by a door jam or kitchen like area. Overall, this is a great piece, very cute and sad at the same time.